Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew, an Explanation

ice coffee at a cafe

by Matt Gibson

When the temperatures soar in summer, many coffee drinkers look to iced coffee drinks instead of their favorite hot coffee beverages. But should you stock up on iced coffee or cold brew this summer? What’s the difference between the two? Which one is right for you? The answers to all these questions and more will be answered right here in this article. 

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Americano vs. Coffee, Explained

An americano is espresso with extra hot water

by Matt Gibson

Though indistinguishable to the naked eye, an Americano and a cup of coffee are two wholly different things, down to the ingredients that they are made of. Americanos are made from a double shot of espresso and hot water, while coffee is brewed using an extraction process involving coffee grounds and hot water.

If you have ever tasted a shot of espresso, as well as a cup of coffee, you are very aware of the difference between the two drinks in terms of strength and flavor. The difference between the flavor of the Americano and regular coffee is the same way, but the difference in strength is more equally matched.  

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How do you make pour over coffee?

chemex is a type of pour over coffee device

by Matt Gibson

Pour over coffee is a way to make a light, bright, and nuanced cup of coffee in a simple way that involves no electricity and a hands-on brewing style that is easy to learn and master. The pour over technique is not as easy as making coffee with an electric drip machine. Electric drip coffee makers just require that you add in some grounds, pour some water into the reservoir tank and press a button, and the machine handles all the rest.

When making pour over coffee, you are in charge of every aspect of the coffee making process. This includes the amount of grounds and water you use, the temperature and quality of the water you choose, the size of the grounds, the speed of your pour, and more. But don’t worry, we’ll break everything down for you so that you will be making high quality pour over coffee in no time. 

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What Kind of Filter for Pour Over Coffee?

box of chemex pour over filters

by Matt Gibson

Coffee filters not only help strain the coffee from your ground coffee beans, they also keep some harmful compounds out of your brew, such as cafestol, which raises LDL (bad) cholesterol levels which can increase your risk of heart disease. But what kind of filter should you use? There are so many different coffee filter options available to consumers that many people don’t know where to start.

There are different kinds of filters that are suitable to certain brewing techniques, or coffee making machines. There are different shaped filters and filters made from different kinds of materials. There are disposable filters that are to be tossed out after a single use, and reusable filters that can brew up to 2000 cups of coffee before needing to be replaced. 

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Why is French Press coffee bad for you?

french press coffee

by Matt Gibson

In 2016, a Harvard Health blog article was released that discussed some reasons why French press coffee could potentially be bad for your health, specifically, that drinking too much of it could increase your LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Because of the big name on the source of the article, there have been countless articles from smaller publications that have come out since, which echo the same basic information that was stated in the original post.

Basically, the claim is that unfiltered coffee contains lots of compounds that filtered coffee removes, and some of those compounds can be bad for your health, namely cafestol and kahweol, which can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. 

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Is Chemex Coffee Drip Coffee?

a chemex coffee maker

QUESTION: Is Chemex coffee drip coffee? Or is it a brand of coffee or what? What does it even mean when people talk about Chemex coffee? – Wendell V

ANSWER: Although both Chemex coffee and drip coffee seem to have the same type of movement through the systems in which they are brewed, drip coffee and Chemex coffee are not quite the same. Drip coffee is a term to describe coffee made in automatic coffee makers, and the Chemex is a pour over brewer, which is a different type of system. Coffee made in pour over brewers is a little different than drip coffee made in automatic coffee machines. Keep reading to learn about the differences between these two types of coffee.

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Arabica vs. Colombian Coffee, What They Really Mean

bag of columbian coffee arabica beans

by Erin Marissa Russell and Matt Gibson

You’ve probably seen lots of Colombian coffee described as Arabica coffee beans, and you may be left wondering what the difference is between Arabica coffee beans and Colombian coffee. Because almost all of the coffee beans you’ll encounter that were produced in Colombia will be Arabica coffee beans, this can be a confusing topic.

The easiest way of explaining is that the word “Arabica” refers to the type of coffee beans, or the variety of coffee plant that the beans came from, while “Colombian” refers instead to the country where the coffee beans were grown. But we’re here to explain exactly what Colombian coffee and Arabica coffee are, how they are related, and the differences between the two.

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Why is Hawaiian coffee so good?

hawaiian coffee grown in oahu

by Matt Gibson

Hawaiian coffee, particularly the coffee produced in the Kona coffee belt, or Kona coffee, is quite a bit more expensive than regular coffee, or even single origin coffee that was sourced from various countries around the world. But what makes it worth the extra price? 

There are quite a few factors that go into making Kona coffee so special that coffee enthusiasts are willing to pay top prices for it. It is somewhat ironic that many of the same factors that make Hawaiian coffee so expensive are the same factors that make it so good. These factors include the fertile volcanic soil that the coffee is grown in, the ideal weather that provides the ideal growing environment, and the hands-on labor style required to grow and harvest the beans, all add up to drive up the cost, and the quality of Kona coffee.  

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Why is Chemex coffee so good?

chemex and cup of coffee

by Erin Marissa Russell

No doubt you’ve heard lots about the Chemex coffee brewer and how delicious coffee made in a Chemex can be—so no doubt you’re wondering what it is about the Chemex that makes its coffee so delicious.

For a lot of coffee drinkers, nothing can hold a candle to coffee brewed in a Chemex. And it’s not just admiration for the latest trend in coffee brewing systems that makes people sing the praises of the Chemex. Coffee brewed in a Chemex is truly in a class of its own. Keep reading to find out exactly what it is about the Chemex that makes Chemex coffee so good.

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Which Coffee Roast Is Healthiest?

roasted coffee beans

by Matt Gibson

There are three main types of coffee roasts which are light, medium, and dark. The type of roast is determined by the amount of time that the coffee beans are kept in the roaster. Light roasts are kept in the roaster for the shortest amount of time, while dark roasts are left in the roaster for the longest amount of time, resulting in their darker shade and smokier flavor. Dark roasts are oily and robust, while light roasts are more acidic, and bright.

But which roast type is the healthiest? Which roast type has the most caffeine? Which roast type has the best flavor? The quick answer is that that light roasts contain the highest levels of antioxidants compared to medium and dark roasts, but dark roasts have a few specific advantages of their own that we will also explain. Find out the answers to these questions and more in this short article. 

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